Monday, March 21, 2011

Random Screenshot 18: Astro Boy The Omega Factor

Astro Boy: The Omega Factor (GBA) 2004 Sega (developed by Hitmaker and Treasure)

Astro Boy comes from the "god of manga", Osamu Tezuka. The story is about a boy robot that fights crime. In 2004, two great developers collaborated on Astro Boy: The Omega Factor for the Gameboy Advance. The game uses characters from the entire Astro Boy canon and creates an all new storyline in his universe. The game is divided into two parts. The first part covers Astro Boy's mission to stop a villain hellbent on conquering Earth. In the end, the enemy succeeds, but then Astro Boy is granted a new power; the ability to move through time.  In the second half of the game, Astro Boy's new ability allows him to stop the would-be conqueror and save the world. The graphics are fantastic with cool scaling effects and eye-popping colors. The music is vey fitting, with some parts being catchy and memorable. Astro Boy has beat'em up levels and shooters levels, which benefit from the awesome design that Treasure is known for in their other games. Overall, Astro Boy is one of the best games on the Gameboy Advance. You don't have to like the anime or manga to enjoy this game, but fans will be delighted by the sheer number of cameos that make an appearance. This is the best Treasure game on the system, beating out both the Gunstar Heroes and Guardian Heroes sequels for the top spot on the GBA.

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